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Marisa Tomei To Guest Star On The Handmaid's Tale

Another big star is heading to The Handmaid's Tale. The series' creator Bruce Miller revealed at Hulu's stop on the Television Critic's Association's winter press tour on Sunday that Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei is set to stop by the dystopian drama for an episode of the upcoming second season. (via TVLine)

Based on the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name, The Handmaid's Tale stars Elisabeth Moss as Offred, a Handmaid in a near-future United States, which has devolved into the totalitarian Gilead. Offred and other women are given in service to Commanders, where their only responsibility is to bear children. 

Hulu recently shared the first teaser trailer for the upcoming second season, featuring the same wrenching images and creepy vibe as the first. The second season is set to go beyond Atwood's source material and will focus on Offred's quest to find her missing daughter in Gilead, while also dealing with her pregnancy. 

There's no word on how Tomei's undisclosed character will fit in, but Miller revealed she will pop up in the second episode, which Miller teased will "go to the colonies" and bring "an expansion of our world." Tomei is an Oscar-winner for My Cousin Vinny and holds two more nominations for The Wrestler and In the Bedroom. She recently joined the MCU with a role in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

The Handmaid's Tale was Hulu's most watched premiere ever of both original and acquired series, and it has continued to build on its strong viewership by snapping up major awards, including the first Outstanding Drama Series Emmy ever awarded to a streaming service. The show also recently picked up Golden Globes for its star Moss and for Best Television Series- Drama.

Alexis Bledel, Samira Wiley, O.T. Fagbenle, Max Minghella, Jordana Blake, Joseph Fiennes, Ann Dowd, and Yvonne Strahovski also star in The Handmaid's Tale. The first two episodes of the 13-episode second season will debut on Hulu on April 25.